Football Manager 2007

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Football Manager 2007
Developer(s)Sports Interactive
Publisher(s)Sega
SeriesFootball Manager
Platform(s)Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, Xbox 360, PlayStation Portable
ReleaseWindows & Mac
  • EU: 20 October 2006
  • AU: 2 November 2006
Xbox 360 & PSP
  • EU: 1 December 2006
  • AU: 7 December 2006
Genre(s)Sports Management
Mode(s)Single-player, multiplayer using TCP/IP, wi-fi (PSP only), Xbox Live (Xbox 360 only), or Hotseat mode

Football Manager 2007 (FM07) (sold in the United States and Canada as Worldwide Soccer Manager 2007) is a 2006 football management simulation game. FM07 is the third game in the Football Manager series, following Football Manager 2005, and Football Manager 2006. It was developed by Sports Interactive, and published by Sega. FM07 was released for Windows, Mac, Apple–Intel on 18 October 2006 with Xbox 360 and PlayStation Portable versions following in December 2006.

FM07 was succeeded by Football Manager 2008.

Gameplay[edit]

As a result of user feedback and continued evolution of the game in general, Sports Interactive introduced over 100 new and revised features to Football Manager 2007. These include:

  • A new default GUI, created with the input of user feedback. The new interface is said by SI to be more user-friendly.
  • A revamped scouting engine, allowing for more realistic scouting of potential stars. including the ability for scouts to "learn" from their experience. A "scout report card" is also included, in order to provide easier access to important, detailed information about scouting targets.
  • Enhanced media interaction, including the ability to make comments on any player in the game world. In previous versions featuring media commentary, managers could only comment on other managers.
  • An improved youth team system. The method for generating new players is completely revamped, with the older "regen" system - using recycled statistics from retired players - no longer in use.
  • Pre-match team talks. Previously, only half-time and full-time team talks could be given. SI also increased the half-time team talk functionality: managers can now target individual opposition players for special attention, such as instructing players to close them down or always to tackle them with force.
  • A hints and tips screen appears when the game is being saved or loading is taking place.
  • An option to ask your own team's players what staff (e.g. coaches, physios) or players they would like you to bring to the club has been added.
  • Interactions with the board are improved. The board can authorise the building of new stadia. Clubs can be taken over by a group of investors, who may opt to fire the manager (a player may get sacked in the process).
  • The manager, as well as NPCs, can comment on referees' decisions, which are not always correct.

The PSP version of the game also included wireless multiplayer for the first time, and was named Football Manager Handheld.

Feeder clubs[edit]

A significant new addition is the ability to create a feeder club affiliation. This allows larger clubs to set up a relationships with a smaller club and vice versa. This can be used by users managing larger clubs to "farm out" players to their feeder club to gain the first team experience that they are unable to get at higher levels. They both work together for mutual benefit. A smaller club can benefit from the ability of these players on loan deals, and can also receive financial help. The larger club may also profit from merchandising in the smaller club's country.

The smaller club may also benefit from lucrative friendly matches against their parent side, as well as getting "first option" on signing players that are to be released by the larger team. American and Chinese teams used as feeder clubs are generally known to be extremely lucrative to a parent club's income through merchandising.

Many fans had requested of SI the inclusion of feeder clubs in recent years, both on the official message boards and elsewhere. Fans of SI claim that the uncommonly close relationship between the design team and the players led to the inclusion of such desired features.

Release[edit]

On Saturday, 30 September 2006 a demo of the game was released in four different versions: Strawberry and Vanilla for both Mac and Windows.

The Vanilla demo is basic and only includes English language, and the English league, with no kits, player photos, sound, or graphics.

The Strawberry demo includes playable leagues for Brazil, Denmark, England, Finland, France, Italy, Norway, Portugal, Scotland, Spain and Sweden, many kits and player photos, and language support for many other regions.

Reception[edit]

Reception
Aggregate scores
AggregatorScore
GameRankingsPSP: 80%[1]
X360: 84%[2]
MetacriticPC: 87/100[3]
Review scores
PublicationScore
Eurogamer90%[4]
GameSpot85%[5]
The Times100%[6]

The game received almost universal critical acclaim on release, with an average score of 87 out of 100 on Metacritic. GameSpot described Football Manager 2007 as a "truly immersive football experience", while PC Gamer suggested that "no other game comes close."[3] Football Manager 2007 was also nominated for a Golden Joystick Award and won the Gamers Award at the BAFTA.[7][8]

Sales[edit]

Football Manager 2007's computer version received a "Platinum" sales award from the Entertainment and Leisure Software Publishers Association (ELSPA),[9] indicating sales of at least 300,000 copies in the United Kingdom.[10]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Worldwide Soccer Manager 2007 for PSP". GameRankings. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 2 November 2018.
  2. ^ "Worldwide Soccer Manager 2007 for Xbox 360". GameRankings. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 2 November 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Worldwide Soccer Manager 2007 for PC Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Archived from the original on 29 September 2007. Retrieved 2 November 2018.
  4. ^ "Football Manager 2007". Eurogamer.net. Archived from the original on 26 February 2018. Retrieved 22 October 2018.
  5. ^ "Football Manager 2007 Review". GameSpot. Archived from the original on 22 August 2015. Retrieved 22 October 2018.
  6. ^ "The Times Review of Football Manager 2007". The Times.
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 25 October 2007. Retrieved 24 October 2007.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ FOOTBALL MANAGER 2008 Archived 8 October 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ "ELSPA Sales Awards: Platinum". Entertainment and Leisure Software Publishers Association. Archived from the original on 15 May 2009.
  10. ^ Caoili, Eric (26 November 2008). "ELSPA: Wii Fit, Mario Kart Reach Diamond Status In UK". Gamasutra. Archived from the original on 18 September 2017.

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